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Egypt, UK conclude joint naval exercises in Alexandria

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 14:49
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Egypt, UK conclude joint naval exercises in Alexandria
The UK flagship arrived in Alexandria on 15 October for the two-day
exercise; this is the first time such a UK flagship visited Alexandria in
eight years
Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Oct 2016,-UK-conclude-joint-naval-exercises-in-Alexan.aspx

Egypt and the United Kingdom concluded on Tuesday a joint naval exercise in
Alexandria as part of the two countries’ “wider defence partnership,” a UK
embassy in Cairo’s statement read.

The UK flagship arrived in Alexandria on 15 October for the two-day
exercise—the first UK flagship to visit Alexandria in eight years.

The exercises were attended by Egyptian military representatives, the
British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson, the Embassy’s Defence Attache and
Deputy Defence Attache.

The programme of events included a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the
Unknown Sailor, a joint UK-Egypt dive, a capability demonstration at sea and
a series of joint exercises and training, the statement added.

The joint exercises comes following a recent visit by UK Defence Secretary
Michael Fallon to Cairo, in which the two countries decided to pursue deeper
military cooperation.

“This week Britain and Egypt open a new page in the long and proud history
of the two great navies. Events ebb and flow, but our shared interests are
permanent and they demand constant partnership,” UK ambassador Casson said
in a press conference in Alexandria.

Britain exports millions of dollars worth of arms to Egypt annually, with a
large increase in export licences for weapons reported in 2015.

Britain is also the largest foreign, non-Arab investor in Egypt at $26


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